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Uwingu Begins Funding Research Ahead of Schedule via Crowd Funding: SETI Allen Telecope Array Chosen
Uwingu LLC and the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array designed to search out extraterrestrial life, together announced today that the Allen Telescope Array’s science team will be the first project Uwingu funds, via a crowd-sourcing campaign.
“We don’t have to wait to begin helping space research until we launch our first product, we’re starting now!” said Uwingu CEO, Dr. Alan Stern. “And I can’t overstate how proud Uwingu is to have the SETI Institute’s ATA as a beneficiary of our IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign. SETI is one of the noblest and most important space research enterprises. We hope this will be a double-win—generating more funds available to launch our own commercial products, and more funds available to the ATA’s research teams.”
Added the ATA’s Dr. Jill Tarter, “Even without the looming specter of federal budget ‘sequestration’
Uwingu is a space-themed, for profit start up seeking crowd-sourced funding to launch an ongoing series of public engagement projects. In specific, Uwingu will employ novel software applications to “game-ify “space, and targeting up to half of the proceeds going toward space research and education. Uwingu’s mission is to use proceeds from its projects to generate new funding for space exploration, research, and education efforts around the world.
Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo”)
The ATA is a unique array of 42 radio telescopes in Northern California to study the exoplanetary systems being discovered on the ground and with the Kepler mission. Says the ATA’s Dr. Tarter, “We know where exoplanets planets are located, and the ATA is systematically exploring them to try to uncover evidence that one of these systems is generating radio signals. We hope that Uwingu will accelerate this process and bring us closer to answering the question of whether we share this cosmos with others.
Uwingu’s crowd-sourcing campaign will last until September 14th. Uwingu’s crowd funding agent is IndieGoGo, a leader in the field. Uwingu now has almost 300 sponsors of its upcoming launch, and is nearing half way in meeting its crowd-funding goal.
Participate in Uwingu’s crowd-sourcing campaign and support SETI in doing so at: http://www.indiegogo.com/
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